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and will again. this monday the current chief justice will prepare to administer the oath and along with his eight colleagues soak in the history of the room and according to the curator who accompanies them the moment. >> so we'll go behind here. this is where the justices can also go on inauguration day, and this is, of course, the bench. this is our wonderful historic benches. >> reporter: this is the berge. >> this is the bench where the justices came and sat. you'll see some of the different chairs that they used. it's not used for very many events at all. this is one of the very rare occasions where we have the chief justices -- or the justices come back. >> reporter: now, today is officially inauguration day, of course, and we saw two justices swear in the president and the vice president, and, you know, what's really interesting is that so much of this is mandated in the constitution. that they have to take -- the president and vice president
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have to take something that is bound by oath or affirmation. the 34 word oath is written into the constitution but the fact that the supreme court justices, the chief justice in particular, swears them in, that's simply tradition. it's something that's happened for a couple centuries now. >> tradition is important in this old town. >> i was learning that the parade started with george washington when local militia sort of joined up as he was coming in april to new york in 1789. >> old traditions meet new traditions. welcome to cnn's continuing coverage of inauguration weekend. i'm erin burnett. >> and i'm john king. we're live in the nation's capital on the national mall for president obama's second inauguration. plenty of excitement. a lot going on in the capital city. cnn going to bring you all the big events and all the highlights. president barack obama's second term is officially under way for
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seven hours now. he took the oath of office at noon today, january 20th, as required by the u.s. constitution. mr. obama sworn in. a small ceremony using a bible that belonged to his wife's family. chief justice john roberts used a note card this time avoiding, you might remember, the verbal stumble of four years ago. the president, of course, will do tomorrow in public in the traditional setting outside the capital using the same lincoln bible he used four years ago and a bible that belonged to the reverend martin luther king, jr. hundreds of thousands of people from across the country, some from around the world, will be here in the nation's capital to witness hit. earlier today at the vice president's official residence, joe biden was sworn into office for a second term. doing the honors there, justice sonia sotomayor making her the first la that knee to administer an oath to a president or vice president. at this hour across the nation's capital, parties and events kicking off, including the red, white, and blue ball, the hip-hop ball and the let freedom
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ring concert and what i call behind us the erin burnett ball. >> the jonk kihn king ball. we have people out having a good time including the things that come with this, including the media. a lot of us are wondering what the president is going to say in his inaugural speech. obviously, so much is weighing on it. if anything, even more important than the first time around because he has, as john has pointed out, a small window to make a big difference for whatever legacy he wants to leave. so, don, what do you know -- dan, about this speech. is it done? >> we're toll the president putting sort of the last points on that speech and will be making some tweaks before he actually rolls it out tomorrow. we're told by advisers here at the white house that this will not be a chance for him to lay out policies but rather will be having or delivering a hopeful speech. making the admission that clearly you can't settle every debate here in washington, but that you have to look for areas of common ground. the president will talk about
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some of the challenges that he will be facing over the next four years, certainly some of those key domestic issues the president will be tackling, immigration reform, gun control, and finally the president hoping to get some public support to push his agenda through congress. plans to engage the public to put pressure on members of congress. this is being viewed as sort of act one, where the president makes broad themes. act two is between the president will release more details during his state of the union address next month. >> dan, i'm curious, i know that some people think the president would be wanting to watch football tonight, but if he is, it's going to be on dvr. what is he doing tonight? >> reporter: that's right. i did ask if the president was watching football. did not get an answer on that. we know he's a big sports fan, so if he's not watching it, he's probably getting some of the updates, but the president and vice president heading over to the building museum later tonight. they will be attending a candlelight reception. the president will be making some remarks, and obviously at some point we think he probably
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continues to work on his speech. and i should point out tomorrow morning the president we're told by some white house aides will continue on the usual schedule that he has, getting up early in the morning, heading to his gym here at the white house, working out. will be having breakfast with his family, also meeting with his advisers for the daily briefing, and then head to church before heading to the capitol for that big ceremony where hundreds of thousands of people will be watching. >> thanks very much, dan lothian, from the white house. >> look at dan. see the nighttime shot of the white house behind him. you have the nighttime shot of the capitol. >> it is beautiful. >> i have been here a long time, 8 1/2 years covering the white house. if you're ever in d.c., go at nighttime. go to the white house, go to the monuments. it's a spectacular town. all the more so because we're celebrating the inauguration. thousands of police officers from all around the country right here in washington. they'll help bolster security for the president's inauguration. our joe johns is on top of this. he was at the swearing in
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tonight. is this standard operating procedure or are there extra concerns? >> no extra concerns about security. we're told there have been no credible threats, no advisories. this is pretty much standard operating procedure and the funny thing is no matter what state you are from in the united states, it's very likely that some police officers from where you live happen to be here today. we saw them between 2100, 2500 police officers from around the country being sworn in. they're actually sworn in as united states deputy marshals. they were sworn in by the united states marshal for the district of columbia. they have police powers. they can make arrests. they got their marching orders today. many ever those orders we weren't able to listen to. however, some of them were no drinking, no smoking, no eating on the job, of course, and no looking at the motorcade, believe it or not. they're supposed to be doing security and they're supposed to be watching the crowd. i talked to the police chief here who is one of the people in
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charge of this rodeo, if you will, kathy lanier. this is her second inauguration. she told me they're good to go as far as she's concerned. >> we are ready. we can do this in our sleep at this point. we have rehearsed and rehearsed and rehearsed enough. i think we're ready to go. things are very quiet and i feel very comfortable with the team we put together this year and the planning they have done. >> so it's pretty relaxed here right now, but around 3:00 a.m. eastern time it's all going to harden up, as they say. we're going to see this whole place become locked down and it will remain that way, of course, until after the inauguration. >> it's so easy to get around washington right now anyway. >> we had added problems, too. we had the martin luther king day event was right out here. traffic was just a nightmare and we hadn't even gotten to the inauguration. >> not just all these officers being sworn in but there are cameras everywhere. you are being watched no matter where you were in the nation's capital. >> big brother is watching you.
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>> yes, you can bet on that. joe, thank you very much. >> all right. tomorrow, of course, is the president's big day, but when all the fun and excitement is over, it is back to work and back to work is a pretty nasty thing in washington these days. a divided congress. so what do republicans need to hear? that's next. yet, but they're gonna fall in love, get married, have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight about money. [ dog barks ] because right after they get married, they'll find some retirement people who are paid on salary, not commission. they'll get straightforward guidance and be able to focus on other things, like each other, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade.
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well, for many around the country it's a long weekend and the president did have to share the spotlight with dr. martin luther king, jr. just before the president's formal swearing in this morning, he and the first family together attended a church service which celebrated king and his legacy,
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and tomorrow's public swearing in, of course, coincides with the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. now, when the president takes the oeath of office, he's going to use a bible that belonged to dr. king. the president and vice president joe biden honored the nation's fallen soldiers today as well during a wreath laying ceremony at arlington national cemetery. it took place shortly after the vice president was sworn in. >> this is the president aes day and the president's moment in the spotlight but when the ceremony is done, all the parties, mr. obama will still have to deal with the republican led house of representatives, divided government in washington. sharon peter king of new york, the congressman with the best last name in congress, is with us this evening. mr. chairman, it's good to see you. as a republican and a member of a republican caucus that has had its own internal nights in recent days, what can the president do? he's a democrat. you know the partisanship. what can he do to hit a reset
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button. >> the partisanship is there. from the president's perspective, i think he should not be, i don't know if arrogant is the right word. he won the election. he won it fair and square, to doubt about that, but i think there's been a tone of almost like an imperious tone the last few times. i'm not saying it will guarantee results if he's more outreach and republicans respond. i think he should try it. even independent voters have told me they thought the news conference last week was had too much arrogance and some of his tone. having said that, listen, he had some scars from the last four years. i guess he wants to get a little revenge. i think if he wants to make progress, he should try at least -- >> give him some advice. health care was the big first initiative or the stimulus program and health care, issues on which the republicans wanted no part of what the president wanted. and a lot of republicans say it poisoned the waters. when you look at the agenda now, there's the economy, the
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deficit, gun control, immigration. what should the president do first to show republicans he's not looking for revenge or looking to pick fights? >> i would say the budget. to make an honest attempt on both sides to try to reduce spending or reduce the growth in spending. that to me is the one place where there is enough on the table that both sides can make progress if they want to. you get into gun control, i basically support the president's program, but he's not going to get very much support at all among republicans for that. that's a good political point for him, but i don't see it going anywhere. as far as the illegal immigration or making it legal or whatever, reform, i would say there's an opportunity, people like marco rubio, for instance, and others, and also you have the chamber of commerce, you have some republican vested interest. i would say the budget and immigration are the two areas, spending and immigration. >> can he get through some simple things on gun control, if not a ban on assault weapons. that might be impossible with republican caucus, but universal background checks?
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some smaller things that polls show most republicans around the country support. >> yeah, maybe. i don't know. i would support it. i can't speak for the others. i would think there is a chance that maybe on gun trafficking some things and it may be watered down somewhat, but he could at least make some progress. there could be a bill signing and you get people together and that could make it better for the next year and a half after that. >> i want to ask you something i know that seems unrelated but it is very important for the president. it's on foreign policy but it's on what's happening now in north africa. we had benghazi and now algeria and northern mali with the french. does he need to do more with north africa? >> i think the mistake the president gave was giving the appearance that the war against al qaeda was over. right now it's basically al qaeda in the ma grghreb in nort africa. i think the president should do more. he should focus on it more and make it clear to the american
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people. we may have to take some kind of action. the american people won't know what's happening because the president isn't talking about it. i think he has to lay the groundwork we have a serious situation that in many ways al qaeda is stronger than it was ten years ago. now it's metastasized and morphed. >> you're the chairman of the homeland -- >> actually i'm not anymore. i'm term limited out. >> still on the committee. before the first obama inaugural there was a lot of chatter. it seems pretty quiet. security officials say they feel much more confident. have you heard anything? >> for all i know -- as far as i know everything is clear. >> amen for that. >> thank you very much. >> thanks, john. >> thank you, sir. >> good last name. >> it's a great last name. can a divided country come together in president obama's second term? that's ahead as we continue our special coverage of this inauguration weekend.
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is there such a thing, is there a second term curse? gloria borger is back with us along with a couple guys who saw their guy sworn in for two terms. let's talk about second terms. paul, i want to start with you first. your president came before his so we'll go in order and gloria can interrupt at any moment. >> i will. >> look, your president, bill clinton, had a great economy and then the monica lewinsky scandal and impeachment came along. and his agenda went off the
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tracks. your president, the opposition to the iraq war was growing. he won re-election but it kept growing and katrina came along and it undermined his second term. what lesson did you learn from a second term that could help this president? >> well, the president's problem was personal, not policy -- >> there are so many inappropriate things i could think to answer that question. >> but it's a completely different thing for that reason. but -- >> he got a budget. >> he got a balanced budget and the only world leader in world history to win a war without losing a single soldier, the war in kosovo which was a major war. >> i set him up for that. >> he had a very impressive second term but he had a huge personal problem that the republicans made a political problem. but i would actually counsel any president, especially this one, humility. you know, when a new hope is invested, there's someone standing there saying all glory in this world is fleeting. you have no idea the challenges that will come your way. eisenhower was a great military
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mastermind. he had no idea he would have to deploy u.s. troops to little rock, arkansas, to enforce a desegregation order and enforce the constitution here at home. you never know the crises that will come to you. >> john, i think in the case of george bush you have to separate the international from the domestic because the international was so, so difficult. but on the domestic it was at the center wasn't there to be held or to be created or picked up. immigration reform, george bush put everything he had into immigration reform. this is the man who just after this november election talked about how hispanics enrich our soul. and he tried, and he couldn't find conservative republicans to go along with him and i also have to say liberal democrats were lying in wait. if the republicans had come on board, they were going to fight it, too. so he just couldn't create that. foreign policywise, it just showed that the problems that are created in your first term will grow and come back to you if you haven't solved them. that's what happened to bush on iraq in the second term. the issue -- my analogy is to the economy for president obama.
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if this economy doesn't come roaring back, he's going to have second term problems. >> but what i remember about president bush was that he started to do social security reform, and that turned out to be a huge problem for him before he did immigration, and i think i read actually in his book, correct me if i'm wrong, that he wished that it had been reversed, that he had done immigration -- so the order in which you do things? >> gloria, that's really impressive, if you can remember that level of detail from his book. >> hello. >> i colored in a few pages. >> but i also covered that, so i actually remember that, but -- >> i wouldn't have colored in the pages on your boss' book, they're too colorful. >> but you just made an important point. he couldn't find the center on a big issue. gloria, you know, we have polarized politics in bill clinton's time, much of it because of the personal stuff, but not all of it. polarized politics in president bush's time. polarized politics in the first
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four years here. is there any hope in finding a center. >> i wish i could be optimistic but i don't think so, because i think when republicans start moving to the center, they're worried about getting primariyed. they're worried about somebody coming up and challenging them to their right. when democrats move to the center, and i would believe that the democratic party and the congress now is really left of center. you may disagree of me, but they're worried if they move to the center, they're going to be challenged on the left. so i think the state of our politics is such that there's nothing in it politically for anybody to move to the center. >> what about going for a long play? by that i mean a legacy play. you're not running for re-election. one of the few people that aren't. americans want you to stand up. maybe do something deeply unpopular that republicans say they want to do, entitlement reform but they really don't because they lose votes and maybe standing up and just taking a courageous stand. >> go back to the president's first inaugural. he talk four years ago about the collective failure to make hard
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choices and he said the time of putting off unpleasant decisions, that time has surely passed. that's what you're talking about. can he do that? if i were a democrat i would want to cut the big deal with republicans in congress. what are they going to do if it's president marco rubio four years from now. i would want to cut the deal with president obama, that way you don't take all the blame and heat for any change that is are made to medicare and social security. that's one of the things that will compel people to get something done, but i think the edge is with gloria. it's hard to imagine in this place and this town it will happen. >> i have to say we're drawing a false equivalency. in his fist term with a democratic house and senate, the democratic president cut medicare by $716 billion and republicans spent tens of millions of dollars and won a lot of races on that, and yet they came back and this president offered what most democrats probably would not even have supported in terms of cutting medicare. i don't want to use euphemisms like reform. we're talking about less spending on health care for
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seniors and yet a democratic president was ready to offer that. i think this president and his party are ready to do some things that are not popular but they have nobody to negotiate. every time the speaker tries to lead he's undercut by his own team. >> can i say i don't think the speaker or the president actually controls his own party. >> the president controls his party, believe me. >> but wait a minute -- >> he was not even primaried. >> but president obama, the longer time passes, will have less and less control. >> that's true. >> over his party. and that's another problem. >> it's also uniquely the job of the president to pull people together to get it done. that uniquely is the leadership presidents provide. >> leaves you very optedistic, right? >> i'm feeling great. >> all right. obviously, the president is up against some serious challenges in his second term. is he ready for the fight? his campaign press secretary who has been with him since he was senator obama is with us next.
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these guys are really into this. >> they are. >> let's try to go behind the curtain into how president obama thinks and how he operates politically as he heads into this second term now. ben la bolt is with us. he was president obama's campaign press secretary. you were on his team when he was elected senator. you have been through two white house elections now. you're either really lucky or
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really good. how does the president view this moment? you just probably heard some of the conversation here. there's some people who say, well, he won, and congressman peter king said he sounds arrogant at times and republicans take offense at that. how does he view the big moment especially when he stands up there on the west front after his ceremonial oath and addresses the country. >> he was elected at a time of enormous challenges facing this country. the greatest economic challenges we've seen since fdr. what this campaign was about was restoring economic security for the middle class. the fact is those challenges remain. and so i think he's going to lay out a broader vision for where we head over the next four years but how in the long term we really reclaim economic security for the middle class. i think when you look back ob president obama's presidency we'll talk about the historic economic challenges and how he began to overcome them. >> but at the end of the campaign day when you're in the private room with only the inner circle, at any time has the president said if i get four
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more years and now he has four more years, i need to do this differently or i need to take a different approach to this? >> i think one thing that you've already seen change a little bit is during some of the fiscal negotiations during the first term. those were brought behind closed doors. you had the president and the speaker in a room trying to hash things out, and that didn't work for our perspective. the speaker couldn't sell those plans to his conference after he's agreed to them so what the president will never do is fail to enlist the support of the american people in these legislative battles. you have seen that already with the new organizing for action organization out there. all the campaign supporters across the country are organizing on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform, a balanced approach to reducing our deficit and growing the economy. you will see the muscle of the campaign organization behind these legislative battles trying to attract bipartisan support. >> the criticism of that is he's always out campaigning, rather than governing, rather than doing the negotiation.
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>> i think this is different. it's not an electoral organization. the goal is to attract bipartisan support but we know there are groups like the nra out there that organize very effectively. you hear from members of congress, well, i might vote for it but i'm concerned about what the nra would do. well, if the nra has 4 million members, this organization will have many more than 10 million members organizing out there, showing support in these congressional districts across the country and it's very important in passing some of this legislation. >> that's an interesting test. let's see if you can transfer that organization into something that helps you in the second term. >> ben, good to see you. >> thanks for having me. >> now, when you go to the balls, what do you wear? do you wear a tux? >> you know, i haven't been to a ball. i went to the mtv ball when bill clinton was elected president. >> that must have been a fun one. >> it was a hoot. it was a fun time. mike mccory was working with a group that was organizing that and got me a ticket and i wore a tux. >> people dress up for this. >> still fits.
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>> and that is something to really be proud of. good for you. obviously this is really not supposed to be at all about politics in the sense it's supposed to be a nonpartisan event but is really is about parties here in washington. we'll take you to two parties. they're already starting. after this. copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms and should not be used more than twice a day. people with copd taking advair may have a higher chance of pneumonia. advair may increase your risk of osteoporosis and some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking advair.
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i don't have one, but one of the hottest tickets in town during this inauguration weekend is the hip-hop inaugural ball. we'll go live there in a moment, but first a look at how the hip-hop community helped mr. obama get a second term. here is cnn's shannon travis. ♪ >> reporter: president obama may also have 99 problems, but jay-z isn't one. the rapper and the hip-hop community have been huge obama supporters campaigning for cash, votes, and apparently influencing president obama to a famous jay-z move and song that involved wiping dirt off your shoulder. now some say president obama owes the hip-hop community. >> i think that the president does owe a word of gratitude to the hip-hop generation for their outstanding and unprecedented get out the vote.
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>> reporter: benjamin co-chairs a group with russell simmons. he says no both obama's elections the community promoted him with artist performances and with hip-hop's big mike phone. >> i feel as a citizen it's my responsibility. i got a big voice i want to use it, and i feel like we have to go to work every day to make sure that the president gets back to the office. >> reporter: the community says it helped get african-americans, latinos, and young voters to the polls, all groups the president won and all groups with a broad love of hip-hop. republicans are watching. and just after obama's second election, republican senator marco rubio of florida, a possible future presidential candidate, told gq magazine he's long enjoyed rap music. make no mistake who that's aimed at. but some political observers wonder what does the hip-hop community want? >> we know what the gay and lesbian community asks for as a
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demographic. we know what the latino community asks for around immigration. what does the hip-hop community ask for? so when jay-z gave a fund-raiser for the president with his wife beyonce, what was the ask? what did he ask for in terms of issues? >> reporter: he says the hip-hop community does have issues like high unemployment in minority communities and education. other things he'd ask. >> first, i would ask the president of the united states give a shout out to the hip-hop community. >> shannon travis, cnn, washington. >> well, they're going to have their chance to see what happens. so here is the thing. it's pretty nice out here tonight. it's going to be chilly out here tomorrow and then people are going to warm it up, get their dancing shoes on and go to the balls. it's really all about the balls for a lot ever people. we want to check in on a couple of them getting started tonight. don lemon is at the hip-hop ball and brooke baldwin is at the red, white, and blue concert
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ball. don, you are at the hottest ticket right now. and you look ready for it. >> reporter: of what do you mean it's going -- it's chilly out here right now. that's why i'm wearing the hat so don't ask. everyone is asking me about the hat. i said the hat is because it's cold, and i'm warm. but, yes, we are. we're here at the harmon hen ser and right behind that ryder truck, believe it or not, that's where the red carpet is for the hit hop ball and i just got my hands on the guest list for the hottest ticket in town who is going to be there. we're told -- i was asking john kick when you were with me who if he knew who two chains was because he's a big hip-hop fan. he said, yeah, he knew who he was. antonio ban dare russ, common, dave chappelle, eva longoria, tyson beckford, among many others. we just got inside a little bit ago. they're doing some of the performances. r&b performer singer paula
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campbell was performing. she's performing the national anthem as well as a black national anthem and also a deejay is performing as well. they are getting ready for what's going to happen later. it doesn't really kick off until about 8:00 when the red carpet starts and then everything gets started in full at 10:00 p.m. but we're standing outside and we're going to see if they can move that truck so we can get a better shot of it so that our viewers on cnn can get a better shot. but the guest list, it's a big guest list, hopefully we'll get to interview some of these guys as soon as they start to arrive. erin, john. >> thanks very much. >> do you think dave chappelle and eva longoria have ever been mentioned back-to-back like that before? >> that's a really good point. >> i'm not so sure. brooke, over at the warner theater, that's where the red, white, and blue concert ball that honors our nation's military men and women and brooke wabaldwin has that cover for us. >> reporter: the crowd is already milling about. it's going to be a huge, huge rocking night in the theater
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because you have, of course, the awesome southern rock band lynyrd skynyrd. we're about to interview them in a moment. now i'm hearing they're announcing this local band, this house band that's going to bring everyone in the theater. really the stars tonight are men and women in uniform. i want to talk to bret gravelin who is a staff sergeant. it's been such a pleasure. we've been talking the last 20 minutes. i want to say thank you first for serving our country. you're part of the wounded warrior project. you were injured in iraq. tell me what happened. >> well, in august of '09 i was in a hard landing, ended up shattering most of the vertebrae in my neck, so over about 12 surgeries ended up fusing from c-4 all the way down to t-2 which took my entire outdoor life to two sports that i could do, which is swimming and riding a recumbent bicycle. >> you're exciting about scuba
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diving at gitmo with some of your buddies. tell me what does this evening, being out in crowds, you said it's tough even just to be bumped by people. is this therapeutic for you tonight? >> i think it is. you know, especially getting some of us out here, finding out some of the hidden wounded. not everything is visible all the time, and then we go over a list like i did there as far as things that are wrong and people don't see. it's good for them to actually realize that. >> reporter: thank you so much. i appreciate it and i promise i'm going to get your ball hat autographed by lynyrd skynyrd. it's a huge party. it's a bipartisan party. members of congress, both sides of the aisle put on by citizens honoring heroes. we'll be here tonight. don't miss it live from the warner theater. john, erin. >> it's great to focus some attention especially on that event, the wounded warriors cause continues. i get the chills every time i hear one of those guys talk. their courage is just amazing.
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on this historic day we have brought in three historians to help us put it all in perspective. ed airs and brian balow is a university of virginia history professor. together they're the post of the public radio program backstory with the american history, guys, which is a great look at what really matters, which is how we got where we are. obviously you all are so aware of how many second terms have dissolved into crisis or scandal. we were just going through what happened with president george w. bush with the iraq war and president clinton with his personal indiscretion with 3407b monica lieu win aewinskylewinsk. why have presidents struggled so much in a second term? >> i think we have to look at the percentages, erin. to get to the second term you probably did pretty well in your first term, right? over the course of eight years it's not that unusual for a president to stupble or have a problem. so i think we've got to look at
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presidents over the whole eight years and get away from this second term curse. >> familiarity does breed contempt. we're not on too much. george washington had a lousy second term relatively speaking. he was the father of his country. no parties, unanimous choice of the american people. we don't like to talk about it, but people were taking a lot of potshots at him in the second term because that's when the jeffersonian republican party emerged. it was a tough time. he wanted to quit after his first term. they wouldn't let him, and he was sorry he hadn't. >> and they just throw things at him. talk about gratefulness. >> then he died in 1795 and everybody -- >> loved him. >> made believe it hadn't happened. >> we talk all the time about -- maybe it's something of the cable era, the twitter verse era, the country has never been so divided, never been so partisan, never been so polarized.
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pretv, preradio, if you go back and read the history books -- >> no, it's not your fault. >> to build on your earlier question, we don't have anybody in the second term for most of the 19th century. there are no second acts. abraham lincoln is re-elected but doesn't really get to serve it out, but all the way from andrew jackson throughout the entire rest of the century expect for grant there's no second term. >> and it's a lousy second term. >> i think what's partisan, they thought -- each generation thought, gosh, now it's the worst it's ever been for 200 years. >> it's got to be harder now to go down in history as a good president though, right? because of social media. because you're never going to be able to ignore all the nasty things and often nasty outweighs nice when it comes to the internet. >> i'm going to turn to peter because there was so much nastiness back in his time. >> yeah. >> and he had like all those presidents had two terms in a row. >> john adams has only recovered his reputation in the last few years. >> and it took a movie to do that.
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>> and he was reviled. he was considered a monarchist and a pseudoarreistocrapseudoar. the partisanship of the 1790s was absolutely vicious. you wouldn't believe it. >> one of the things we worry about, the democrats versus republicans, but it's when you don't have those two structures that things really fall apart. >> yes. >> you know, talking about the civil war coming, there's nobody in charge. and so ironically the very thing that feeds this also contains it and channels it. >> we will focus a lot tomorrow on the president's big moment, the speech. and the american people will watch, some people around the world will watch. what does history tell us about the importance of inaugural addresses and is there any distings between a first and a second? >> yeah. i think in the second inaugural address, the tone is always a little more subdued. the am bithbitions are usually little lower. franklin d. roosevelt laid out a very ambitious agenda to help the common man in his second inaugural, but in general i think the president is a little
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bit chastened by the time of their second inaugural. >> washington only spoke 135 words. >> that guy really didn't want the job, huh? >> but he did anticipate twitter. >> that's 140 words. >> at mt. vernon. >> considered the greatest inaugural speech, lincoln's second inaugural speech is also brief and people at the time said where are the policy directives? what's he going to do? what's this forgiveness and providence? >> good speeches lasted for hours in the 19th century. that was entertainment. >> thank god times have changed. >> gentlemen, we want to circle back after tomorrow and see what you think of the moment and then maybe we'll circle back in 50 years, right, when we have a much better flavor of what this means. thank you for your help. >> thank you. >> as we noted a few minutes ago, latino voters were a huge part of reflecting president
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a gorgeous, gorgeous night in washington. it is the center of the action. but of course, it may not be
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right behind us on the capitol or the cnn set but the kennedy center where the latino event is getting ready. suzanne malveaux is there because we didn't get tickets for a peek. hey, suzanne. >> reporter: hey, yeah. we were fortunate enough to get some tickets, actually, backstage passes. you know, it is amazing what's happening here at the kennedy center because one end you have smoky robinson doing a big let freedom ring concert. on the other end you have a who's who in lady no community celebrating tonight a sense of empowerment here. what they did in the campaign, the election. and really feeling a sense that there is a game changer, that there's something in the air, there's something that's in the community that they know that their vote counts, that their money counts and celebrating tonight. it is really a huge party. had a chance to go backstage, the red carpet. talk to the people like evan longoria. she is out there. she was at the dnc.
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she was on the campaign trail really moving forward trying to get the latino vote, talk to mario lopez, the actor there. talked about the importance of the need of young folks getting out there and rita morino saying she wants republicans and democrats to both get on board. also, really special person we met. this is richard blanco. he is a 44-year-old and he is making history tomorrow. he's cuban american. he is openly gay. and he is the one to deliver the poem in the inauguration. we had a chance to talk about what it's going to be like and a little bit about the nerves. here's how he deserved cribed i me. >> writing the poem, that took weeks and that's all i did around the clock. and through the process of working with the pic and all that so once i got to d.c. on thursday, the poem was done, practiced and really since i have been here it's more about
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just sort of more official duties and whatnot and interviews and things like that but, you know, there's -- it's interesting because there's something to be said about the spontaneity of the art, as well. i have rehearsed the poem, looked at it several times. >> reporter: he's a little nervous. i have to admit. he admits it himself. this is the largest audience he's ever delivered a poem. he is a teacher, as well. all of his students very proud of him and he will have a poem and a photo of members of the family also poets, as well, to give him inspiration, little something extra to be out there if front of so many people and, john, erin, a chance to join up with bo biden, as well. his father is attending this big latino celebration and it really is just a moment. he said to thank the community, that they are, in fact, the reason why there is a second obama administration and that they are going to pay tribute to
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that tonight. all of those interviews coming up in the next hour. >> thanks, suzanne. >> i was going to say all work and no play makes suzanne a dull anchor. enjoy yourself. >> exactly. >> work can wait. as we all know, plans for the inauguration have been under way long before the country knew would mitt romney win or president obama get four more years? ahead, behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly. a. would you take it? well, there is. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin totally dedicated to your eyes, from the eye care experts at bausch + lomb. as you age, eyes can lose vital nutrients. ocuvite helps replenish key eye nutrients. ocuvite has a unique formula not found in your multivitamin to help protect your eye health. now that's a pill worth taking. [ male announcer ] ocuvite. help protect your eye health.
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beautiful nighttime shot of our nation's capitol and, you know, inauguration ceremonies require, erin, a massive amount of prep work. >> even with that it's utter gridlock in the city but the planning for tomorrow's big events a ten capitol in the morning is going on for more than a year. dana bash takes us behind the scenes. >> reporter: no, that's not the president. it's a stand-in. but this is the kind of exhaustive prep going on to make sure there are no mistakes. it's not just for the president. senator chuck schumer is the events emcee. >> oh yeah. i don't want to do what chief justice roberts did. he's brilliant and he messed up. >> reporter: roberts messed up the oath four years ago.
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>> i'll execute -- >> faithfully the office of the president faithfully. >> reporter: he had to go to the white house for a do-over. who what are you afraid of? >> introducing the wrong person, who knows? >> reporter: as chair of the inaugural committee, assumer is preparing for this day more than a year. >> we didn't know who the president would be. but together, it's always done in a bipartisan way. >> reporter: a central focus, trying to avoid problems that put a damper on the last obama inauguration. >> tens of thousands of people missed it. they came in from all over the country. so, we've done symbolic things like get rid of the infamous purple tickets and there was a tunnelway that was closed off and thousands of them were just stuck there and missed the whole inauguration. >> reporter: they have done other things to help the hordes of people coming to watch, like adding cell phone towers for better recep